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Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Cracklins Recipe

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This Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Cracklins Recipe makes a fun appetizer or snack.

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Cracklins Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Cracklins:

I love the flavors of Buffalo chicken, pretty much any way it's served!

You may be intruigued by this recipe and stopped in just to see exactly what these appetizers are made with. They are actually low carb, and made with chicken, celery, blue cheese, and hot sauce! No crust of any kind needed!

The idea is to use skin-on chicken thighs. The skin becomes the “wrapper” on the outside of the appetizer. So, you are getting all the flavor of a buffalo appetizer without the carbs usually found in breading.

We think these Buffalo Chicken Cracklins are such a unique spin on the traditional flavors and are a must try appetizer if you're trying to stay low carb!

Buffalo Chicken Cracklin Ingredients

How to Make:

For this recipe you will need chicken thighs with skin on. 

The more skin, the better.  I also recommend you fully thaw in the fridge, so no skipping steps and thawing in the microwave on defrost!

Buffalo Chicken Breasts

We've all done it, but for this recipe you don't want any portion of your chicken skin too hot or already crispy from a speedy defrosting. Trust me!

Line the chicken up on a baking sheet with sides, as pictured above.  You will be using the skin and the meat on this recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Cracklin Skins

Next, you will create several long, thin tubes of parchment paper and roll the chicken skin around each one.  You do need oven safe parchment for this recipe.  More details on the products used are in the printable recipe below!

Pictured below are the finished “tubes” of parchment and chicken skin wrapped around.  So, it doesn't have to look exactly like this, but you can get the general idea of what we are going for. 

One tip I do have is to make the parchment rolls large enough to remove easily, and also allow a hollow space when you're done cooking them.   The hollow space is where all the yummy Buffalo chicken filling will go!

Buffalo Chicken Cracklins

Serving Your Buffalo Chicken Cracklins:

You can break the cracklins up into longer or shorter portions.  I would try to go for at least enough to make each one two bites. 

Of course, some may break- but you can just eat the messed up ones to taste test! 🙂

Buffalo Chicken Cracklins Filling


The filling is best done with a disposable cake piping bag, as shown. Or, you can also use a large Ziploc bag with a small hole cut off in one corner.

After cracklins are cool to the touch, pipe a small amount of the Buffalo filling into each one.  If the small pieces of diced chicken are getting caught in the piping bag, just cut more off the piping bag to allow more space.

I have to say these appetizers are going to be perfect for your game-day gathering, a men's church group, family BBQ and more. They are hearty and work well for our guys' hearty appetites!

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Cracklins Vertical

Aren't these fun and different? Line up on a serving dish along with a dip tray, or just pile them in a bowl for a quick appetizer! 

Dip suggestions include buffalo sauce, ranch dip, or a Fiesta Ranch.

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Cracklins Horizontal

I hope you get a chance to make these.  Check out the recipe below, and be sure to scroll down for even more delicious recipes from My Royal Kitchen. Enjoy!

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Print Your Recipe Here:

Yield: 12

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Cracklins

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Cracklins Vertical

A fun and different appetizer. Good for kids or adults, since it's low carb!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 12 skins from chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup buffalo-flavored hot sauce


    Remove skin from chicken thighs, leaving whole.
    Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
    Ready 2 small baking sheets.
    Place 2 chicken thighs, skins removed, onto one of the baking sheets.
    Cut parchment paper into 6 8x8 inch sheets.
    Roll each sheet into 8-inch long tubes.
    Wrap 2 chicken skins around each parchment paper tube. 
    Tie each chicken skin with butcher’s string.
    Bake for 10 minutes, then flip over with tongs.
    Increase oven temp to 450 degrees F.
    Add chicken thighs to the oven and bake chicken skins and chicken thighs for 10 minutes, or until skin is crispy and chicken thighs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
    Remove oven and allow to cool.
    In a mixing bowl, shred chicken thighs.
    Add in the hot sauce and mix until combined. 
    Add in the celery and blue cheese and mix gently.
    Gently remove the string from the chicken skins, then carefully remove the parchment paper by gently twisting the paper. Be very careful not to crush the chicken skins. 
    Pipe chicken mixture into chicken skins and serve.


Tools used:
Parchment paper
Butcher’s String/Cooking Twine
Baking sheets x 2

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 199mgSodium: 297mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 37g

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